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The Friends of the Institute for Astronomy (FIfA) foster community involvement and develop private funding resources in order to support the people, advance the research, promote astronomy education and public outreach, and enhance the activities of the Institute.

As a donor you automatically become a member of the Friends of the Institute for Astronomy and have exciting opportunities to explore our Universe. We invite you to support research and education of interest and benefit to everyone.

How to Become a Donor

To become a donor, use either one of the following methods. In either case, you decide on the amount of your donation. We encourage you to help the IfA as much as you can. Your gift is fully tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

For more information, please e-mail or call:

For more information about making gifts and bequests to the Institute for Astronomy, please see More Information About Giving below.

Vehicle for Portable Planetarium

The Friends donated this car so that graduate students can transport
an inflatable planetarium to schools.

Donor Benefits

Donors receive the following benefits:

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More Information About Giving

Gifts and bequests to benefit the Institute for Astronomy are an important means of enhancing educational and research programs. They are tax deductible to the extent provided by law and may be made in the form of securities or through estate gifts. Opportunities to support the IfA's education, research, and outreach goals include the following:

Donations go to an IfA fund used for such activities as public outreach and graduate student support, at the discretion of the IfA Director. Donors of more than $500 may direct their donations to specific programs, such as graduate student support, research support, or undergraduate teaching. Please contact the Friends at or (808) 956-6665 if you wish to designate your gift for a specific program. The Friends governing council tracks the use of all donations.